The 437 Project; A run across South Dakota for suicide prevention
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On September 22, 2022, a team of 12 community leaders will run 437 miles from Belle Fourche to Sioux Falls, SD, to raise money for the Helpline Center, a resource for individuals affected by suicide.
In a press release, Thursday, the 437 Project says that over 48,000 people in the US die by suicide each year. The 437 Project was born of a passion for bolstering both physical and mental wellness and the often overlooked connection between the two. Suicide leaves behind thousands of loved ones to endure this life-changing loss.
The Helpline Center is the only accredited suicide crisis center in the state. One service provided by the Helpline Center answers mental health and suicide related calls and connects individuals to necessary resources and support. Text4Hope is a crisis texting program that provides critical outreach 24/7 to South Dakota high school students.
In 2021, the Helpline Center answered over 15,000 mental health calls with over 2,500 being crisis calls.
Janet Kittams, The Helpline Center Chief Executive Officer, is championing this partnership, “Connecting people to mental health support and hope is at the core of the Helpline Center’s mission. We are so proud to be a part of the 437 Project to raise awareness of mental health across South Dakota.”
According to runner and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken, “Mental health is as important as physical health, and we‘re going to run across this entire state to bring awareness and focus to that conversation.”
The race will finish on September 25, 2022.
For more information about The 437 Project and this inaugural event, visit here.